The Washington Times - February 3, 2011, 02:30PM

George LeMieux part deux?

Maybe, says the former Republican senator from Florida, who told a gathering of Republicans in Tallahassee Wednesday that — after stepping down from office last month — he is considering another go in the Senate.


“I’m surely thinking about it,” said LeMieux when asked directly about his plans to run for Senate in 2012, Florida Capital News reported. 

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is up for re-election in 2012 and the GOP is eager to pick off the two-term Democrat they view as highly vulnerable. 

LeMieux was appointed to the Senate in 2009 by then-Gov. Charlie Crist to serve the remainder of former Sen. Mel Martinez’s term. There has been widespread speculation ever since in Washington and the Sunshine State that LeMieux – a former Crist chief of staff — would challenge Nelson.

The former senator said he would make a decision “pretty soon,” the news service reported. 

“There are already people in this race. I can’t wait too long,” he added.